part 3: Pornography, Race, and Class: Skin Flicks on the Racial Border: Pornography, Exploitation, and Interracial Lust

Williams, Linda
January 2004
Porn Studies;2004, p271
Book Chapter
This section examines several interracial pornographic films from 1972 to 1999. The article attempts to show that the simple charge of racism is imprecise when one talks about visual pleasures generated by depictions of interracial lust. The 1975 film Mandingo, while not an example of interracial pornography proper, has permitted to probe some of the deeper questions of power and pleasure in depictions of interracial lust. All depictions of interracial lust develop out of the relations of inequality that have prevailed between the races. The racist and sexist assumptions that underlie such unequal access to sex have generated forms of pornographic sexual fantasy with an important purchase on the American sexual imagination. There is a kind of knowing flirtation with the archaic beliefs of racial stereotypes.


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